After discovering that Ejikeme Mmesoma had fabricated her scores on the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), the Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company revoked the scholarship it had offered to the Anambra state student.
A 19-year-old Anglican Girls Secondary School girl named Mmesoma Ejikeme from Nnewi, Anambra State, claimed to have the highest score (362 points) on the 2023 UTME. Many Nigerians praised her, and Innoson Motors even gave her a N3 million scholarship on the spot.
However, JAMB issued a statement refuting Mmesoma’s allegations. According to the body, she only received 249 after forging it, not the 362 she was flashing about.
The examination board then revoked her score and barred her from taking the test again for three years.
Last week, the government of Anambra State established an investigative committee. On Friday, July 7th, a panel of eight people led by a professor named Nkemdili Nnonyelu confirmed that Mmesoma had faked the result of 362, as had been asserted by the JAMB.
Mmesoma admitted to the panel of inquiry that she had fabricated the result on her own and taken it to a cyber cafe to have it printed, as stated in their report.
The Innoson Motors spokesperson, Mr. Osigwe, expressed the company’s displeasure with Mmesoma’s actions. He argued that the candidate’s attempt to skew the results “stands in direct contravention of the values” of the organization.
We have made the tough decision to revoke the scholarship offered to Miss Joy Mmesoma Ejikeme in light of these principles and the substantiated results.